Acclaimed Irish tenor and Paralympian Ronan Tynan is coming to Rochester to speak and sing at two events. (Update: These events have been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.) Tynan was born with phocomelia, a lower limb disability that caused both of his legs to be underdeveloped. At the age of 20, both of Tynan’s legs were amputated after a car accident. Since that time, he has used prosthetic legs and won Paralympic medals in track and field. He’s also a physician specializing in orthopedic sports injuries and has worked in the prosthetics industry.
This hour, Tynan joins us to discuss his life and work, his career with the Irish Tenors, and more. We also talk with locals being recognized for their work promoting inclusion. Our guests:
- Ronan Tynan, Irish tenor, Paralympian, and physician
- Lori VanAuken, executive director of Catholic Charities Community Services
- Kathy Termine, director of developmental disabilities at Catholic Charities Community Services
- Royce Rogers, brother of Alice Rogers, one of the first residents of Catholic Charities Community Services
- Norm Silverstein, president and CEO of WXXI Public Broadcasting Council